Control Engineering hot topics, April 2023

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in April 2023 included stories on PID tuning, digital twin, Hannover Messe 2023 and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By David Miller May 2, 2023

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for March 2023, for stories posted in the last three months included PID tuning, digital twin, Hannover Messe 2023 and more. Links to each article below.

1. PID loop tuning parameters and control fundamentals

It is important to understand what proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control is and the parameters for closed-loop, open-loop and cascading loops and the parameters involved.

2. Smart instrumentation helps with green hydrogen production, sustainability

Addition of green hydrogen energy processes needs smart instruments to help with goals for global sustainability and net-zero carbon emissions. Instrumentation needed include gas analyzers as well as conductivity, temperature, level, pressure and flow measurement devices (flowmeters, transmitters).

3. The impact of new technologies on automation and digitalization system architectures

Digital telecommunication evolution has been rapid over the past several years and is providing near real-time communication.

4. Logistics, robotics advances at the heart of improving automation

ProMat’s return after a four-year absence showed a greater emphasis on robotics and how logistics improvements can make automation better in manufacturing facilities. See video.

5. How digital twin simulations advance digital transformation in manufacturing

By increasing visibility into a company’s manufacturing operations and testing an unlimited number of what-if possibilities in real-time, a digital twin can provide factories a reliable way to save time and money.

6. Hannover Messe 2023 Day Three: Connectivity and communication are critical to industrial transformation

Manufacturers and associations at Hannover Messe emphasized the need for better connectivity and communication with their products and each other.

7. Robots making farming more sustainable and flexible

Farmwise uses large autonomous machines and robots to snip weeds while preserving crops, eliminating the need for herbicides.

8. PID tuning advice

Control loop tuning information, advice and optimization.

9. Four things to look for in a robotic integration partner

Partnering with an experienced robotic integrator that utilizes high-performance robots and leading-edge peripherals enables manufacturers to navigate the robotic automation journey.

10. How digital transformation powers the machine economy

Digital transformation technology is pushing digital twins closer to their real-world counterpart and driving manufacturing through the next wave of the digital revolution.